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The end of speed cameras?

14 August 2010
A large cut in road safety budgets means that hundreds of speed cameras across the country could be switched off. The government has cut £38m from this year’s road safety budget and ended central funding for speed cameras – a central plank of its promise to “end the war on the motorist”. With some road safety departments losing up to 40% of their budget, cuts are being made in road safety...

Police CYP strategy emphasises value of partnerships

14 August 2010
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) puts strong emphasis on joint working in their new Children and Young People Strategy.

Should cycle helmets be compulsory for children?

14 August 2010
After questions raised in parliament about a review of cycle helmet effectiveness, we’re asking whether you think cycle helmets should be compulsory for under-16s. In 2009, 458 cyclists under the age of 16 were killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads. Around 40% of all cyclists admitted to hospital have suffered head injuries.

Children’s Trusts due for an overhaul in autumn

14 August 2010
The role of Children’s Trusts will be reformed under the forthcoming Education Bill, as part of moves by the coalition government to free schools from bureaucracy. The government has announced an overhaul of Children’s Trusts, to be put forward in the autumn. As well as removing the requirement for schools to co-operate with Children’s Trusts, the government has announced plans to revoke all...

The NHS White Paper - key points

14 July 2010
What does the NHS White Paper have to say about prevention and local partnership working? Much has been said already about the NHS White Paper launched on 12 July. However, the focus of the reporting has been on the GP commissioning of healthcare services and the abolition of primary care trusts. The White Paper also has important things to say about the preventative agenda and local partnership...

Over 41 days pledged during Child Safety Week

14 July 2010
At the end of June people all over the country, from children’s centre managers to firefighters to parents, made time for safety during Child Safety Week. Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship community education campaign. It ran from June 21st-27th 2010, with programmes all over the country helping to raise awareness of childhood accidents and how they can be...

Reducing road casualties could save £18bn per year

14 July 2010
A report by the Road Safety Foundation claims that huge savings are readily achievable by cutting down on road casualties. ‘Saving Lives for Less’, released on 30th June 2010, maps the different areas of risk on the roads in Great Britain. The report has found that not only can a substantial amount of money be saved by reducing casualties, but that these savings are ‘readily achievable.’

Learning from others – the NHS Rapid Improvement Programme

14 July 2010
How is the NHS tackling the substantial cost of childhood accidents? One option is to reduce unnecessary hospital attendances and admissions. We take a look at the NHS Rapid Improvement Programme, and how it helps local NHS organisations to deliver more for less.

Innovative partnership wins £1.2 million

14 July 2010
A combined fire station and children’s centre has won a top prize for ‘Achieving more with partnerships’ A project run by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Northumberland County Council’s Children’s Services and SureStart, has been recognised at the Local Government Innovation Awards. The Local Government Innovation Awards reward community partners who make a difference through innovative...

HSE investigates electronic gate deaths

14 July 2010
The recent tragic deaths of children in Moss Side and Bridgend have prompted a review of electronic gates by the Health and Safety Executive.